Freidel, David A.. Kingship in the Late Preclassic Maya lowlands: the instruments and places of ritual power

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Title: Kingship in the Late Preclassic Maya lowlands: the instruments and places of ritual power

Published in: American anthropologist -- Vol. 90

Published By: American anthropologist -- Vol. 90 Washington, etc.: American Anthropological Association, etc., 1988. 547-567 p.: ill.

By line: David A. Freidel and Linda Schele

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2001. Computer File

Culture: Preclassic Maya (NY52)

Subjects: Visual arts (5311); Chief executive (643); Cosmology (772); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: In this article, Freidal and Schele explore the Preclassic origins of Mayan kingship, the institution of AHAW. They argue that the institution developed in the first century B.C. to accommodate contradictions between an egalitarian ethos and emerging elite. This change happened prior to the collapse of Preclassic society and manifested itself in the sudden surge of construction that occurred in the Late Preclassic lowland centers. Freidal and Schele surmise that Late Preclassic society collapsed because it failed to develop principles and a system for succession. The authors also read into the Late Preclassic iconography the Classic symbols associated with AHAW, such as the QUINCUNX glyph, a symbol for ruling office, and the Jester God, a semantic determinative of AHAW.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: ny52-003

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 564-567)

Field Date: not specified

Evaluation: Archaeologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 2350-1900 B.P.

Coverage Place: Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico

LCSH: Mayas -- Antiquities

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